Founder: Chiara Fumagalli

Chiara Fumagalli – Resident Marine Biologist

Chiara has been familiar with the Maldivian waters since early 2000, when she joined a local resort group after having completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Milan in the field of Marine Biology.

Before joining Coco Collection in 2012, Chiara had carried out research on Mediterranean whales and dolphins. Since her time in the Maldives, she had initiated numerous projects focusing on the protection of vulnerable species such as whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles, as well as the preservation of the delicate coral reefs and marine protected areas.

Among her many milestones, Coco Collection’s official partnership with Olive Ridely Project was her biggest accomplishment.

Chiara has always been curious and passionate about Marine Biology, especially on the varying aspects and concerns connected with conservation, environmental changes and the necessary education to increase awareness about environmental issues and related preventative measures.

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32 responses to “Founder: Chiara Fumagalli

  1. Chiara escorted our snorkling trip, which also involved a special coral planting, during our recent stay at Coco Palm Duhni. She was an exceptional guide and teacher; full of knowledge energy and enthusiasm. In a word, Inspirational ! I am delighted to have met her.

    • Dear Jonathan, thanks for your nice and personal comment, it is a sincere pleasure for me to know how much you have enjoyed our adventures at sea!
      I am taking good care of the corals you planted and I do hope you’ll have the chance to come back here again to observe them personally and to experience other breathtaking underwater encounters.
      Best wishes for the New Year.
      Chiara

  2. A pleasure Chiara. I have always been fascinated by the wonders of the sea since watching Jaques Cousteau when I was a boy in the 1960’s. My career took a different path but during our trip, your approach reminded me of a saying “A child is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lit.” There was a young boy with his family ( Tom I think ? ) in our group, it was obvious to me that you lit his fire. In doing this seemingly small thing you make the world a better place. Good luck with your adventures !

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    • Thank you Allane, I hope you are able to stay at one of the resorts of Coco Collection during your next visit to the Maldives and meet our charming Sea Turtles, Manta Rays and other colorful marine friends.

      Sunny regards and all the best on your upcoming trip to Budapest, Chiara.

      • Hi Chiara! Thank you very much for your nice comment :) I have been looking to Coco Collection’s website and fell in love with it! I really hope to stay in one of the resorts next time I go to the Maldives.

        I wish you an amazing week!! All the best, Allane :)

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